Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra stable in lockdown after Covid scare

Flemington trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra are hoping to clear Covid-19 biosecurity protocols in time to saddle up runners at Geelong, Flemington and Moe on Friday and Saturday respectively.

The stable has been locked down after a track rider, who has tested negative, visited an exposure site.

The track rider attended a gym on Tuesday which was also visited by a confirmed Covid-19 case.

While the rider and another track rider must isolate for 14 days, the stable is working with Racing Victoria on having horses compete in coming days.

The stable has three runners accepted at Geelong on Friday and a further six, including four engaged at Flemington, slated for Saturday’s meetings.

With help from Victoria Racing Club the stable has been able to exercise only the horses nominated for upcoming races.

“There’s a lot to go through throughout the day to day,” Zahra told RSN.

“Hopefully we can work with Racing Victoria today … it’s not an easy time for everyone.

“Hopefully we can work out some sort of plan and get our horses worked tomorrow, jump outs and things like that and continue to operate.”

Dirty Thoughts is one of four runners the Ellerton-Zahra have accepted for Flemington. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Supplied

It is likely the track rider must submit a secondary negative result for the stable to resume operations.

Given the proximity of Flemington to known cases and exposure sites in Maribyrnong and Highpoint Shopping Centre the training complex at Headquarters has long adhered to stringent safety measures.

Hawkes Racing was placed under a similar stand-down in May after a track rider was deemed a close contact of a known Covid-19 case.

– more to come

Originally published asFlemington stable in lockdown after Covid scare

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